Jordan Boyer is still not quite as fast as in 2014, before he suffered a sports hernia and before surgery.
Two years later, however, he is learning how to compensate and enjoying his best fall as a Wichita State baseball player. The Shockers ended their practices this weekend and Boyer is battling with Luke Ritter at second base.
“I thought I was healthy, because the timetable said I was healthy,” he said about his redshirt season in 2014-15 at WSU. “I couldn’t run. I wasn’t comfortable turning my hips, rotational stuff, when I swing. I’ve learned to use my speed, or lack thereof, and what I can do and what I can’t do. I can get up and get going, but I can’t keep increasing speed.”
Boyer said he ran 6.8-second time in the 60-yard dash in high school, Now he’s around seven seconds.
“On a good day,” he said. “I assumed whenever I came back … I was going to be fine. I had no idea it was going to take that long.”
Boyer, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, played in 11 games in 2016. He started against Oklahoma as a reward for hard work and good attitude and went 3 for 4. This fall, coach Todd Butler sees Boyer as a possible piece of his lineup. He can also play shortstop and third base.
“He’s the energy guy of the team,” Butler said. “You know what you’re going to get as far as his energy and his will to play each day. He can really throw. He can over-power the double play.”
Boyer recorded six hits in 13 at-bats last season. He focused this fall on preparing to face different types of pitchers and developing plans for a hard-throwing right-hander vs. a crafty lefty and all those in between.
“Being able to have the same mentality and discipline at the plate,” he said. “Knowing how to be able adjust my approach, at-bat to at-bat, as opposed to going up to the plate with one goal in mind and not really knowing how to adjust.”
Big basketball visitor — Asbjorn Midtgaard watched Wichita State basketball practice on Tuesday, which caused several staff members to peek in to marvel at his size.
He’s sizable, no doubt, and with time to grow. Midtgaard, from Denmark, is 6-foot-11, 264 pounds.
“He turned 19 in September,” Mads Olesen, of the Horsholm 79ers club, wrote in an e-mail. “He only started playing serious basketball at age 14-15, so in some ways he's still catching up.”
Midtgaard, who is considered in the class of 2017 according to several publications, averages 10 points and 9.2 rebounds in five games for the 79ers.
“Asbjorn plays with the back to the basket, but can hit the 15-footer, too,” Olesen wrote. “He's developing a very nice hook shot, which is something he's been working on over the summer.”
Midtgaard played in tournaments in the United States last summer to attract interest from college coaches.
Second chance — WSU’s women’s basketball team plays its second exhibition game on Sunday against Cameron at 2:05 p.m. at Koch Arena.
The Shockers defeated Newman 58-49 on Wednesday in an exhibition. Rangie Bessard led the Shockers with 19 points.
WSU opens the regular season against Creighton at 2:05 p.m. Nov. 13 at Koch Arena.
Cameron at WSU women
- When: 2 p.m. Sunday
- Where: Koch Arena
- Broadcast: goshockers.com